New Delhi(Web Team): The budget session of Parliament has started on Monday with President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to members of both the houses of Parliament.
The budget session contains 44 items of financial, legislative and non-legislative business. The bills replacing ordinances on raising the foreign investment limit in insurance, auctioning coal mines and changing the rules of land acquisition are some of the important legislation scheduled to be tabled during the session.
President now mentions about India’a relationship with different countries. He says Obama’s India visit has elevated Indo-US relationships. He says India has firmed up relationship with China. He says that India will actively try to get a place in UNSC.
President mentions that terrorism and Left Wing Extremism are matters of deep concern. President mentions about Jammu and Kashmir, and how it occupies a special place in heart of people. He says that government is looking to ensure rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits. He said that government tried to provide relief facilities during Kashmir floods. ‘
Modernisation of Armed forces will have a Make In India theme to encourage domestic production.
President speaks about green energy. He says that 25 mega solar parks will be started soon. President now mentions about importance of tourism and says how trains in different circuits have been put up to give tourists a chance to view them.
From MSME sector to electricity sector, President Mukherjee speaks about various steps taken to reform them. President said that government is looking to expand India’s nuclear facilities with safeguards in mind. He says speculation about gas pricing has been put to rest and also mentions about reform in petroleum sector. He says that coal block auction will ultimately lead to lower power cost.
President speaks about different economic steps taken by the government. He mentions that India is currently the fastest growing economy of the world. Pranab Mukherjeementions how the government is looking to make reforms in tax structures. He says government is trying its best to stop generation of black money both in India and internationally.
President speaks about Aadhar based attendance system. He says that steps are being taken for decentralisation of power. He mentions NITI AAYOG in this context. President says the goal is minimum government, maximum governance.
President mentions about Team India, a collaborative effort by states, centre and citizens for holistic development. He says that efffort is being made to disband outdated laws.
President speaks about launch of Himmat, an app for safety of woman. President also mentions slew of schemes which will be taken for ensure safety of woman and girl child.
President speaks about different schemes done for the sake of benefit of SC/ST community. He speaks about the schemes taken in the healthcare sector.
President also speaks about different skill development programmes.
President explains the rationale of Land Ordinance to the Parliament.
President mentions Swach Bharat Mission. He says that the target is to get a Clean India by 2019. He urges MPs to spend 50% of their fund in constituencies to ensure that the mission is done aggressively.
President hopes that this session of Parliament is fruitful. He says the main motto of his government will be ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas’. President roughly outlining the policy goals of the government in the first 9 months.
PM Narendra Modi on the eve of Budget session has expressed hope that both house will work smoothly and everyone will work to do something good. The winter session saw heavy disruption specially in the Rajya Sabha. Alluding to it, Modi said,
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venhaiah Naidu said,
The Juvenile Justice (Care and protection of Children) Bill, The Labour Code on Wages Bill , The small factories (regulation of employment and condition of services) Bill, and The Labour Code on Industrial Relations Bill are also likely to come up during the session. Meanwhile, the Government has sought cooperation from the party leaders in both the Houses for smooth functioning of the session.
Addressing the leaders of various parties in both the Houses of Parliament at a meeting convened by the government for mutual consultations on the Budget Session yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that it is the collective responsibility of all parties and leaders to enable the people fulfil their hopes and aspirations through proper functioning of both the Houses of Parliament.
PM Modi also assured the leaders that all the issues and concerns raised by them will be discussed in an appropriate manner keeping in view their importance and priority. Last evening, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had also held a meeting of leaders of parties in the house to ensure its smooth functioning.
The first part of the budget session will continue till March 20 while the second part will commence after a month-long break from April 20 and conclude on May 8. The Rail Budget will be presented on February 26, Economic Survey on February 27 and General Budget on February 28.